Group makes appeal to save old Dothan library

Published 05/29 2014 06:58PM

Updated 06/06 2014 10:12PM

A wire fence and signs to warn against trespassing appear to be a clear indication of what's to come.

"The building is just so historical to so many of us, especially native Dothanians.  And, we just love the fact that it's there.  It's a good, uh, representation of our city on that part of town," said Sharon Weyland, creator of the Facebook page “Save Our Library – Dothan, AL.”

The Facebook page has reached more than 500 likes in four days.  They're hoping the board will allow more time before removing the historic building.

"It just means a lot to save a building like that.  I just feel like it could be used, or at least maybe the front facade of it, maybe the front section," Weyland said.

Some met with the library board last week and say not enough notice was given to allow time for other considerations.

But county officials say news reports dating back four years ago tell a different story. 

"It's our job to make sure that every opportunity is given to make sure the public is aware of things going on.  And, it's unfortunate that this has come down to the last minute,” said Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver.  “But I think the library board looked at that and listened to those presenting and made the decision."

Reasons for the demolition include health hazards, creating more green space and more parking spaces.

And as it stands, the contracts are already signed. 

"We certainly understand people are passionate about old buildings just as we are.  We renovated our old jail downtown.  We've worked hard to make sure the building we own on Foster Street stayed the way it is," Culver said.

But he says it's up to the library board to make any decisions.

We reached out to members of the library board, and no one would go on camera.

But we were told all consideration was given in last week’s meeting, and they plan to move forward.  The demolition is scheduled to begin next week.

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